Advanced Practice Providers
Stephanie Braatz, MSN, NP-C, OCN
An Atlanta native, Stephanie attended nursing school at North Georgia College. Prior to joining Piedmont Cancer Institute, P.C. in 2003, she worked as a registered nurse in various oncology settings. In 2008, she earned a Master's of Science in Nursing from Kennesaw State University. At that point, she remained with the practice and transitioned her role from nurse to nurse practitioner. Stephanie is proud to be an Oncology Certified Nurse and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society.
Stephanie is married and has two children, Addison and Will. She enjoys cooking and baking. She stays active and is an avid CrossFitter.
Jillian Brooks, MSN, DNP, FNP-C
Jillian was born and raised in Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Following graduation, she moved to Atlanta where she spent the next five years as an inpatient oncology nurse at Northside Forsyth Hospital before completing her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of South Alabama. As a nurse practitioner, she furthered her oncology experience by splitting her time working at both an outpatient infusion center and on an inpatient unit. During this time, she continued her education at the University of South Alabama by pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Her doctoral study focused on early identification and intervention of malnutrition in cancer patients. Jillian is thrilled to be a part of the PCI team and feels honored to be able to provide compassionate, quality care to her community.
Outside of work, Jillian enjoys exploring new places, trying new coffee shops, running, and hiking with her family. She completed her first marathon in 2018 and looks forward to completing many more.
Anna Robinson, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC
Born and raised in Atlanta, Anna joined the team at Piedmont Cancer Institute, P.C. in 2010. After attending The Westminster Schools for 13 years, Anna went onto college at Vanderbilt University. She pursued a Bachelor's degree in art history, graduated summa cum laude, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She enrolled in Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and earned a Master of Science degree, specializing in Oncology. She is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She feels honored to provide Hematology and Oncology care to the Atlanta community who raised her.
When she is not working, Anna enjoys visiting museums, reading and traveling.
Chelsea Collins, MSN, NP-C
Chelsea was raised in Franklin, Tennessee and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After completing her undergraduate education, she began working in Hematology and Medical Oncology. She later went on to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing at Emory University. While earning her degree as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, she continued to work as a registered nurse in Bone Marrow Transplant. She is excited to continue providing Hematology and Oncology care as part of the Piedmont Cancer Institute team.
Chelsea's hobbies include running, exploring new cities, and cheering for the Tennessee Volunteers football. She also enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her Miniature Australian Shepherd, Pepper.
Nakia Gilliam, MSN, RN, FNP-C, OCN
Nakia is credentialed by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is certified by the Oncology Nursing Society. Nakia was raised in San Diego, California and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at California State University Dominguez Hills. She later pursued her Master of Science in Nursing from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Azusa Pacific University.
She has spent the majority of her nursing career in Hematology and Oncology. In 2015 she was invited to author a chapter in the Oncology Nursing Society’s book Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Case Studies. Shortly after completing graduate school she relocated to Georgia. She subsequently joined Piedmont Cancer Institute. She feels fortunate that she has been able to continue her career as a Nurse Practitioner caring for a population that she is passionate about.
Nakia enjoys spending time with family, live music, and cooking for family and friends. Being active, attention to diet and mental well-being are principal in her life. She feels strongly that it is important to care for the mind, body, and spirit of not only her but those that she cares for.
Scott Helms, PA-C
Scott is originally from Thomaston, Georgia, and moved to Atlanta in 1991 to attend undergraduate at Oglethorpe University. During college, he worked in the summers and on the weekends as an emergency room technician at Northside Hospital. After completing his bachelors of science in biology with a minor in psychology, he was accepted into Emory University’s Physician Assistant Program where he graduated with a Masters of Medical Science degree in 1997. Upon graduation he worked for 13 years at Eagle’s Landing Family Practice in McDonough, Georgia, followed by 4 years at Piedmont Physicians Group at Atlantic Station. He made the transition into Hematology/Oncology, joining Piedmont Cancer Institute, P.C., in November of 2015 and is very excited to be a part of the care team.
Scott has varied interests outside of work. He enjoys spending time with his spouse, running, hiking, playing the piano, reading and cooking. He has completed 3 half marathons in addition to a full marathon. He would one day like to participate in the Walt Disney World Marathon, running through all 4 parks, in addition to also one day returning back to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to finish training for a hang gliding license.
Benish Lalani, MSN , RN, FNP-C, OCN
Born in Chicago but raised in Dallas Texas, Benish earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. After completing her undergraduate education, she completed a nurse residency program at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She later went on to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing at University of Texas. While earning her degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner, she continued to work as a registered nurse in Hematology and Medical Oncology at UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center. She is an Oncology Certified Nurse and received a scholarship from her local oncology chapter in 2018 and 2019 to attend the Annual ONS Congress Conference. She is excited to be a part of the Piedmont Cancer Institute team and serve the population that she is so passionate about.
Benish’s hobbies include traveling, reading, exploring new restaurants, hiking, dancing, cooking and trying new recipes. Her sports interests are all over the map, she follows the Chicago Bears, Texas Longhorns and is a huge fan of LeBron James.
Kathryn Parr, MSN, NP-C
Katie was born and raised in Atlanta, attending St. Pius X Catholic High School. She pursued her undergraduate education at The University of Alabama, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and graduating with honors. She spent five years working in bone marrow transplant before earning her Master’s Degree from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is excited to join the PCI family and continue to provide high-quality compassionate care to the patients we serve.
Katie loves spending time with her husband, family and friends. During her free time she enjoys yoga, tennis, hiking, and cheering on her hometown sports teams as well as the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Mary Verdin, NP-C
Originally from Ohio, Mary Verdin, Nurse Practitioner, joins Piedmont Cancer Institute’s Newnan office. Mary graduated from nursing school in 2004 and spent 7 years working in intensive care specializing in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, and lung surgery. Fascinated by what she learned, she obtained a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 2013, with a specialty as an adult nurse practitioner. After a brief stint in dermatology, Mary relocated to North Carolina prior to moving to Newnan, Georgia. Mary’s goal is to provide compassion, comfort, spiritual and emotional care, which are important components of a holistic approach for our patients. She is very excited to be part of the Piedmont Cancer Institute’s team and feels privileged to provide care to our patients.
Mary loves the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, fishing, and kayaking. She follows the Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, and the Atlanta Falcons, but loves all sports. She also loves to cook, bake, and tailoring her meals towards a healthy lifestyle.
Maria Willis, MSN, FNP-BC
Maria Willis is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She has worked in the field of oncology since 1996 when she began working as a laboratory technician. In 2008, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Clayton State University. As a nurse, Maria worked in the inpatient and outpatient oncology settings. She also worked as a research coordinator and monitor. Maria became an oncology certified nurse (OCN) in 2009 and that certification remains active today. In 2012, Maria earned her Master of Science in Nursing. After obtaining this degree, she stayed in the specialty of oncology nursing but worked in a managerial role. While she enjoyed this role, her love for patient interaction drove Maria to further her education to become a nurse practitioner. After earning a post graduate certificate in 2018, Maria became board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Maria joined Piedmont Cancer Institute in 2019. The specialty of oncology supports her interest in exploring additional treatment options through research to provide better alternatives for patients who have exhausted conventional therapy.
In her time away from the office, Maria enjoys dancing, skating, and spending time with her large family.
Amy York, PA-C
Amy is originally from Maine. She received her bachelor's degree in biology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she lived for six years. She worked at Massachusetts General Hospital doing Phase 1 clinical research in oncology for one year before moving to Atlanta, GA. Amy attended Emory University's Physician Assistant Program graduating in 2006 with a Masters in Medical Science and shortly after she joined the Piedmont Cancer Institute, P.C. practice as their Physician Assistant in the Atlanta office.
Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and their two boxers, Izzy and Bo. She loves to cook, watch a good movie, run and almost anything outdoors.